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i'm george stephanopoulos on the gulf coast. >> and i'm robin roberts in new york. it is wednesday, june 2nd. >> and this morning, the heat is on. the government announces a criminal probe into the oil disaster, as bp launches its last attempt to cap that leak overnight. i talked to the officials in charge of cleaning up the mess and prosecuting any wrongdoing. and for the first time, oil approaches florida beaches. and is expected to wash on shore as early as today. sam champion takes us exclusively under the waves again, to show the world the pictures bp does not want you to see. another showdown looming in the middle east. governments around the world call for israel to back off its bla blockade, as more boats head into the region. and the breakup. al and tipper gore say they are separating after 40 years of marriage. we'll speak to one of their closest friends on what may have happened.
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good morning, everyone. and, george, it is good to see you there on the gulf coast this morning. >> it is good to be here, robin. this is port fourchon, louisiana. 20% of the oil for the whole country comes through this port here. now, it has become command and control for the cleanup effort. you see the metal containers there. last night, the first workers part of the cleanup effort, spent a night there. more are coming in to help. overnight, as well. we're all watching what is happening under the sea. they hope to complete the cuts in the pipe today. and hope to have a containment dome to cover and cap some of the oil coming in by the end of the week. >> george, you were there in louisiana yesterday, when attorney general eric holder announced a criminal investigation into that oil spill. and now, oil has been spotted
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off the florida coastline. a slick is less than ten miles from pensacola's beaches. more than 34 million gallons of oil have leaked into the gulf now. three-times the amount from the exxon valdez disaster. and to show you how fast it has grown, here's what it looked like, at the end of the first week, in april. here is the spill today. more than 30,000 square miles, george. >> and it continues to grow and grow. we're going to cover it all today. sam goes, again, under water, into the spill. we have the battle on the front lines here on the coast, to protect the coast. what's happening with the attempts to cap the well. and, of course, now, that possibility of criminal charges against bp. it's been almost 24 hours since bp started its seventh attempt to stem the flow. now, 800,000 gallons a day. >> we're in the first process of moving to the ability to control the oil leakage. >> reporter: underwater robots, using a diamond saw, made the
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first cuts last night. part of yet another attempt of capping the leak, with a containment dome that will channel oil to the surface. and your level of confidence in the top cap or the top hat being deployed? >> i think there's a high level of confidence that some of them will contain the oil. >> reporter: but the cut pipe is letting the oil spill out 20% faster. that could continue for days until the top cap is secure. and as the work continues, the white house is cracking down. >> if laws were broken, leading to death and destruction, my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice. >> reporter: after several weeks of review, the attorney general has now announced a criminal investigation. do you have evidence of criminal activity? >> we have what we think is a sufficient basis to have begun an investigation. >> reporter: who is under investigation? bp? transocean? >> i don't want to discuss who is under investigation. the investigation is and has been ongoing for some time. but i wouldn't want to specify
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at this point who the target or the subjects are. >> reporter: but local officials here in louisiana want the white house to concentrate on more immediate needs. like forcing bp to build miles of barrier islands to protect the coast. >> i want admiral allen to do the right thing and step up to the plate and recommend to the president to authorize every dredge in america to be moved to build these barrier islands, before a hurricane takes a blanket of oil and lays it over coastal louisiana and destroys it forever. what are the people going to do? hold hands and keep the oil out? >> reporter: governor bobby jindal says that must start today. the white house says it's going to take months to build these barrier islands. >> if we asked for this 21 days ago, we would have 20 miles today. we will protect 4,000 miles of coastline. >> reporter: the leaking pipe in the ocean, is what you call the fight of a generation. what is it going to mean for your state? >> for us, it's a way of life.
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this fight goes on long after the oil spill is xcapped. we'll be dealing with this for months and years. for the second week in a row, "gma" has exclusive pictures of what's really happening in the ocean, in the middle of the oil spill. sam champion is back at it again. he brought us pictures last week. he's looking inside the spill again from burress, louisiana. good morning, sam. >> good morning, george. we're in a thunder shower here off the coast of burress, louisiana. we've been hearing over and over again, that no one knows what's happening under the surface of the gulf. no one knows what happens at the depth and the pressures. this morning, there's evidence of what's going on down there. and evidence that people know. bp studied it in 2001. we first showed you these massive concentrations of oil when we dove 25 feet down into the gulf waters, just 25 miles off the coast of louisiana.
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but no one knows just how much oil is circulating out in the deepest part of the gulf. so, now, we're going 40 miles out in the ocean, to ground zero of the spill, just southwest of the deepwater horizon. one of the strangest things at sea i've ever seen. the captain thought it might be a waterspout. check out the burning plume of oil in the distance. we're headed for the "f.g. walton smith." so far, these marine scientists have discovered three, huge, underwater islands of oil particles. these sensitive instruments are deployed nearly 5,000 feet down into the water. able to detect any subtle changes in the water's chemistry, due to oil. >> these are strong signals that we're seeing. >> reporter: if you look at the surface of the water, it looks clean, even though there is an oily sheen.
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but these canisters tell a different story. when they're dropped to about 1,100 meters, what they find is an oily or gas cloud. and it extends for miles. >> we saw what looked like oil droplets on the filters. >> reporter: bp says these deep water plumes don't exist. >> the oil is on the surface. >> reporter: but the scientists say the evidence is right under their noses. >> you notice it's clear. doesn't look like oil. >> reporter: whoa. it's not the first time deep water plumes from a spill have been recorded. but what scientists still need to understand is just how these plumes will affect the gulf's delicate waters. >> one of the things we're learning from this oil spill is that we don't know enough. >> and as soon as they heard about this spill, the group of scientists that were going to do something else, got together to study this. they had read a study that was put out in 2001, by bp, some
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other oil companies and the mms. and they knew, because they had a little controlled experience -- science experience in norway, how oil and gas would combine and stay at certain depths and not really get to the surface when they did that study in 2001. they say they will stay in the waters, testing those samples, following those plumes, until they can better understand what will happen to the gulf and the marine environment in the gulf. george? >> sam, those clouds behind you look so menacing. as you all know, there's so much anger and emotion down here on the gulf. a lot of anxiety, too. you might remember last week. the congressman from the third district of louisiana, broke down when he talked about what people are facing here at the coast. and congressman melachon is here again. good morning, congressman. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm doing good. i was talking to your constituents last night.
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there's a lot of anger here, especially directed at bp. now, we saw the attorney general announce yesterday, that he is opening up a criminal investigation. do you think bp should face criminal charges? >> well, the first hearing that i attended, it came out about the waiver of nepa. that's waiving a law. that, in my mind is criminal. i don't know how anyone can wave a law. that's something that's achievable. you've been around the government and understand that. but a law? that in itself is criminal, along with whatever else occ occurred that allowed this to happen. >> that was done by the government, the mineral management service. you're saying they should be liable, as well? they should be under investigation? >> i think anyone that had a hand in what transpired, from the beginning of the application, from the permit, all the way through the negligence on the rig. we ought to be looking at every
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aspect of it. anyone who had any part of it. as we go forward, and i'll still for oil drilling. but we have to do it safer. we can't lose people out on rigs and have it unsafe for them. and we can't have the environment endangered like we're having right now. we have the safety record inland or close to water, shallow water. drilling is pretty good. but this is horrendous. we can't have this ever happen again. third-world country. somebody told me that happened over there, i would say, i understand. america, that's shameful. >> and, congressman, where do you put the blame, first and foremost? >> you know, i was watching this week, as the ceo of bp was talking about, he wants his life back. i'm to the point where, i wish the board would call him back and give us somebody that really wants to make sure that the people of this state, the people of this gulf coast region, have what they need, when they want.
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and to try and fight this oil spill. it's not a spill. i'm sorry. it's an oil leak. if it were a spill, it would be a finite amount of oil. they're worried about environmental impact six years down the road. i'm worried about it six days from now. what we're trying to do, what we need to do, needs to be done now. >> excuse me, sir. you think tony hayward should be fired? >> well, if i performed the way this company's performed. and, of course, look at the stocks and what happened to them because of this incident, usually, the buck stops there. >> okay. and as you were talking about the possibility of barrier islands being built here. i was talking to the governor about that yesterday, as well. the arguments for going slow is that it is going to take an awful long time. that there's no guarantee that bp is going to have to pay for
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it. and that those islands could affect the tidal flows here. how do you respond to that? >> george, we've been trying to save the coastal wetlands and marshes here for 25 or 30 years. we've been on this march to the federal government. you have to understand. you have to listen. even now we've started to get money flowing in, there's a question of we don't know if we should do that. it might cause an adverse impact. if we don't do anything, we won't get this right. but if we do nothing, we're going to get oil in the wetlands. that's going to be the decimation of what's near and dear to all of us. >> robin? george, you got down there late yesterday morning. what are you seeing? it's one thing to be away from the area and reporting on it. it's another thing to see with your own eyes. >> one of the eerie things about this, robin, we're in a place
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where the oil hasn't hit yet. and everybody is just waiting. as you're driving down here through the wetlands, it's mostly deserted. mostly, this time of year, a place like port fourchon is a beehive from commercial fishermen and recreational fishermen. now, it is quiet. everyone watching and waiting to see if this oil is going to hit. >> you spent a lot of time with locals down there, george. we'll have that coming up in our next half hour. we'll get back to you and sam along the gulf coast in a moment. first, juju chang has the rest of the morning's news for us. >> so much news coming out of the gulf. we're going to turn and go overseas, and the growing tension in the middle east. this morning, in the wake of israel's raid on boats carrying aid to gaza, a key, american ally, turkey, is issuing a new threat in response to the attack. jim sciutto is following all of the overnight developments. and joins us now with the latest.
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>> reporter: a key ally of israel, as well. turkey says it will review its ties with israel, unless all turkish citizens are released by the end of the day. this morning, israel began to release the 700 activists on those ships. there were 16 americans among them. but some may be held on suspicions of violence on israeli forces. there's growing international attention on the raid. israel has ordered the families of all diplomats out of turkey. and secretary clinton is urging all sides to see this as a reminder of the settlement between israel and palestinian. george mitchell is going to the region today. also on its way, is another aid ship, this one from ireland. vowing to challenge that blockade again this week. >> thanks for that update. overseas, a peace conference in afghanistan, aimed at bringing the country together, was attacked by suicide bombers this morning.
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but that didn't stop president hamid karzai from pressing on with his speech. even inviting the taliban to join his government, the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks outside. no delegates were here. arizona's government is vowing to fight for her state's controversial, new law cracking down on illegal immigrants. governor jan brewer says she's ready for a challenge in court. she meets tomorrow with president obama. in alaska this, is all that remains of a small plane that crashed into a house in anchorage just after takeoff. a 4-year-old was killed. his parents, brother and baby sister are in critical condition. finally, a new honor for sir paul mccartney. take a listen. ♪ all my troubles seemed so far away ♪ >> it's mccartney unplugged. the former beatle sang one of his classics at the library of congress last night. and tonight, president obama will award him with the gershwin
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prize for popular song. it's sweet. he said he's a little nervous performing in front of the president. >> stevie wonder will be there today. the jonas brothers. the list goes on. let's go back to sam in louisiana this morning. still raining where you are, sam? >> yeah. good morning, robin. a little early morning thunder shower in louisiana. southern louisiana. you know them well. let's get to the boards. we'll show you where all the other storms are happening. so do we, now. we've been here a few mornings. all the way through the midwest today. a long line, from oklahoma city, indianapolis, st. louis, pittsburgh. st. louis is one of the areas with the heaviest rain today. we'll also show you in the northwest, where it's wet and windy there. there are flood watches out from seattle to olympia. there's three inches of rain there. it's dry in the northeast on the big board. d.c.'s area's in the 80s. boston area in the 70s.
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and we'll have more weather throughout the show, from beautiful burress, louisiana. where, robin, the weather is never boring. >> never boring that part of the country. sam, thank you. now, to that royal fall from grace. the duchess of york caught on tape selling access to her royal ex-husband. sarah ferguson sat down with oprah winfrey, to tell her her side of the story. david wright has the story. >> reporter: the duchess of york told the queen of talk, she hadn't watched the video. >> how many minutes? >> three minutes. >> reporter: three, damning minutes, where she offered to sell access to her former in-laws for $750,000. >> you send it to the bank. >> reporter: sarah ferguson's explanation? that she was drunk. she was desperate. >> they cut all the bits out of me crying.
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>> reporter: that she simply wasn't herself. >> i feel sorry for him. yes, sir. >> it's interesting that you moved to third person. >> feel sorry for her. >> reporter: like an out-of-body experience. like she was watching someone else. fergie told oprah, divorced life hasn't been easy. >> after diana died, i felt very alone, with being out on the big stage. and my mother died. and i suddenly felt very, very alone. >> reporter: she insisted she was trying to help a friend in financial trouble. but admits she was deeply in debt herself. >> i chose friendship with the family. i wanted friendship with the boss. >> the queen? >> reporter: it's doubtful this interview will get her back in the queen's good graces. >> it's not a british sort of television, this confessional on the couch. >> could take a long time. but i'm going to give it a good shot. >> reporter: and certainly, a lot of people will be watching. for "good morning america," david wright, abc news, washington. >> and we all know she's come back before.
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well, coming up, al and tipper gore. high school sweethearts, announcing their splitting up, after 40 years of marriage. what's behind the surprising separation? and back to the gulf coast. george takes us inside the flotillas where cleanup crews will live. and the area's residents are preparing for the long, tough road ahead. he'll talk to some when we come back. how can i keep my best employees? how can i bring down my insurance costs? that's why we're building a community called where owners can swap ideas and ask questions. will tweeting get me more customers? how can i get paid faster? i was about to ask you the same thing. join the conversation at ♪ [ slap! slap! slap! slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium rich tums goes to work in seconds. nothing works faster.
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conditions, elderly and infants. we have a slightly dryer wind building in. a lot of sunshine this morning. complex hitting the midwest right now. those storms may very well try to spread high clouds our way during the course of the afternoon. this complex will run its course, burn itself out during the morning hours. may spawn showers into the mountains to our west today. strong to severe storms in the midwest. probably looking at clouds from the storms. maybe the western hills and up towards southern pennsylvania, chance of a thundershower. 88 our two-degree guarantee. we'll increase our heat and chance of storms tomorrow. here's kim with traffic. >> accident in westminster, northbound lanes of manchester road on closed at route 482. traffic gets by intermittently this morning. traffic moving pretty well on the beltway. we don't have problems to let you know about on 695.
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95 southbound running pretty slow at the fort mchenry tunnel because of earlier incidents. we have a crash in anne arundel county, route 100 eastbound at 97. another accident reported in catonsville. johnny cake road, randolph springs court. 83 on southbound from shawan to the beltway. no problems on the top side of the outer loop. jfx all clean from the beltway to northern parkway. stay with us, jamie has your morning news update right after this.
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news time now. 7:27. raymond haysbert was one of the giants of our business community and today friends and family members from the community will come together to say good-bye at his funeral. he was the ceo at park sausages. he was a tuskegee airman. he leaves behind a wife and four children. a former care-taker accused
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of leaving three disabled men in a locked-up car will be sentenced today. 47-year-old brian flemming could get 18 months behind bars. he left the disabled adults in a locked up car while he ate lunch at a frederick diner back in september. today a group of advocates from the chesapeake bay plan to dock a flotilla in annapolis. they're heading to the state capitol with what they say would be bold radical recommendations. this morning: the governor and mayor will tell us about the plans for the baltimore grand prix set to take place here in august of 2011. city officials approved a contract for the indy racing league in downtown baltimore. that'll be a first here in the mid-atlantic. drivers will race a loop in downtown baltimore at speeds up to 185 miles per hour. baltimore ranks among the top cities when it comes to the installation of
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environmentally-friendly roofs. green roofs for healthy cities says chicago led last year with more than 500,000 square feet. green roofs will help filter pollutants, reduce storm water runoff and reduce heating and cooling costs. let's go back to new york, more of good morning america at 7:30.
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that is dauphin island, which could become one of the ground zeros here of the oil spill. i'm here in port fourchon, louisiana. one of the major oil distribution centers in the country. also becoming command and control of the cleanup effort. this doesn't look like it. but this has become a hotel for some of the cleanup workers. not a lot of oil they expect to be coming. and last night, the first workers spent their first night overnight in these metal containers. they've been set up, you see it here, like a navy ship. they have the bunks. they have the bathrooms. only 23 spent the night here last night. many more will be coming here. i also had a chance to speak to some of the families, the fishermen and others, who make their living off the gulf here. we're going to have that in just a little bit.
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it will break your heart to hear what they're going through right now. >> i'm sure, george. we'll get to that in a moment. also this morning, a small town teacher's quest for justice. she was accused of child abuse charges. but still lost her career and her daughter. she joins us live this morning to tell us how she is fighting back. first, this half hour, the surprising split of one of the most prominent couples in politics. just two weeks after celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. former vice president, al gore, and his wife, tipper, announced in an e-mail to their friends, that they are separated. claire shipman will look back at their four-decade romance. >> reporter: al and tipper. tipper and al. their very togetherness, always part of the appeal. >> did i mention, i have loved him for more than 30 years. >> someone i loved with my whole heart. >> reporter: for four decades, after all, they've beaten the odds and pulled off the rarest of feats. a genuinely good marriage.
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>> did you really date no one else? the two of you, for all those years? >> no. we dated some other people. >> you did? well. >> but there was never any doubt in my mind as to who i was going to marry. >> reporter: and then, that memorable convention kiss. continued on "snl." >> tipper. >> look at that. isn't that nice? >> reporter: tipper let us ignore the awkward and see the regular guy. >> tipper, whenever she was in the room, al softened. and he knew that. >> reporter: when we interviewed her a few years ago, she seemed to be relishing the next phase of their lives. >> i told somebody the other day, i went to bed with a recovering politician. and i woke up with a movie star. and it's great. >> reporter: but friends say their paths and expectations s
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deverged. >> she did her thing. but she didn't share it with him. >> reporter: storybook endings are difficult to come by. but this twist makes them seem that much more out of reach. for "good morning america," claire shipman, abc news, washington. joining us with more is abc's cokie roberts. she's in south carolina this morning. and family therapist, terry real in boston. good to see you both. cokie, let me start with you. you know washington so well. this was such a shock to countless people. i would imagine it caught you offguard, too, cokie. >> totally. that's sad. a 40-year marriage is an entity. and i'm sure it's very hard on both of them. and they're both very nice people. so, this is a moment where a lot of people -- a good friend of theirs said to me, i feel like the marriage of the universe has been shifted off its axis. political marriages are tough. and even though it would seem
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like they've gone through the really tough times, you know, when you're all engaged in the same endeavor, you have a common goal. and then, when that's gone, and the kids are raised, the goals are kind of gone. >> their four children are all grown. the youngest is 27. and, terry, we've heard them talk about and other couples have talked about, growing apart. they were high school sweethearts. obviously, so very close all these years. and it's possible to have different interests at a certain point. >> well, i think it is. i think the moral of this story is nobody knows the inside of a marriage. and they look great from the outside. but obviously, al gore's been busy running for the presidency, saving the planet, literally. that's a lot on his plate. and people do grow apart. that's true. particularly now that the kids are gone. >> terry, cokie alluded to something a moment ago, that they've been through tough times.
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we know what happened in 2000. we know their son was in a near-fatal car accident in 1989, when he was so incredibly young. you think that they've weathered so much, this would be the time that they would really come together and enjoy each other. but you say this is not uncommon. >> no. it's not. it's kind of a paradox. if you're an alcoholic marriage at the time you're most at-risk for divorce is the first year of sobriety. people commit suicide when they start to feel better. revolutions happen when conditions improve. there's this open secret in family therapy that when things settle down, they're actually times when the risk can increase, rather than decrease. >> cokie, you were talking about political marriages. discuss the extra strain. it's not easy period, in many marriages. >> it's not. >> but in the political sense, it's really difficult. >> it is. there's all kinds of hazards
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here. staff. a candidate's staff or office holders staff, tends to hate the wife. she has access to him that they don't have. and they always downgrade the wife. it's also true, the great man comes home. and as terry just said, in this case, from saving the planet. and his wife knows he puts on his pants one leg at a time. you know? and she's there reminding him of the mortgage payments and of the fact that he's just a regular person, not a god. and you know, who needs that? it's much more fun to be a god than a regular person. >> that's true. you followed them a lot on the campaign trail. it was obvious. and terry says you never know what's happening in a marriage. but, cokie, it seemed to be genuine between the two of them. >> i think total genuine. absolutely. there was nothing fake going on here. as i say, these are nice people. and so, i just -- i think that,
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you know, there is -- it's just a sad moment. you know? and look. is there another shoe to drop? who knows? but this is just something that has happened. it's not that it was there all along. >> right. >> they were just hiding something. >> yeah. that's the feeling a lot of people have. and, terry, lastly with you, it is a separation. they haven't said that they're divorcing. but to go public with the separation like this, what do you make of it in the timing and all? >> it's very, very serious. they would not put themselves and their four kids through this kind of public scrutiny, if they weren't pretty serious about it. i think the moral of the story is, even nice people sometimes do grow apart. i think there's probably been fault lines in the marriage not shown in public. nobody leaves a 40-year marriage easily or cavalierly. these are serious matters. there's been serious issues in the marriage, probably for a
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while. >> terry and cokie, thank you very much. appreciate your insight. always good to see you, cokie. you, too, terry. have a good day, you two. time, now, for the weather. let's go back to sam in louisiana. good morning again, sam. >> good morning, robin. we're going to start. we had passing thunder showers. we're going to start with thunder showers in a loft other locations this morning. a lot of reports of severe weather last night. six reports of tornadoes. most of those in nebraska and iowa. from amarillo, to oklahoma city, kansas city, to chicagoland. there's been big storms around chicago already this morning. buffalo and cleveland involved in this later on today. the heaviest rain will be from st. louis to indy. that's two to three inches of rain. in the northwest, there's flood watches out from seattle to tacoma to olympia. coastal winds can be 35 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour. and there will be snow above 7,000 feet. this is a storm system not typical for this time of year. it's a little strong for this
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time of year. in the northeast today, gorgeous temperatures. look at new york at 85. boston at 86. washington, d.c. at 88. it's likely that area will stay dry. all that weather was brought to you by dairy queen. rear live in buras, louisiana. robin, i have to tell you. i had something i haven't had a long time. >> what's that? >> i had biscuits with eggs and bacon on them. for breakfast. >> you should get beignets. >> a long time. i will. i will when i'm here. >> and you're working that red rain-soaked look. that looks really good on you. i'm glad it's cleared up for now in louisiana.
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stay tuned. it can change in an instant, as you know. >> you're right. coming up next, ground zero in the fight to clean up all of that oil that continues to leak into the gulf. george talks with those on the front lines. back live to george on the gulf coast when we come back. (woman) dear cat.
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what you see there are ships skimming oil off the gulf. right now, that is the only activity on the gulf. you know, fishing season was supposed to start here just this weekend. shrimps, snapper. and this is places usually just a beehive of activity around this time of year. but right now, there is nothing. and last night, i had the chance to speak to a lot of families, fishermen, who make their lives off the gulf. and they've been through so much. hurricane katrina. hurricane gustav. they know how to handle that. but this is different.
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this is a slow-motion crisis. there's so many unknowns. so little they can control. and they have a hard time figuring out what to do. >> you get hit by a hurricane. and you know what you've got to do after you are allowed to come back in. you rebuild your home. you rebuild your business. you get back on track. the lives get going again. we don't know where we're going to be at with this. we don't know where we stand. we can't fight it. we have no control over it. >> that has to be the worst thing. no control. >> the bad thing is, they don't have control, either. >> who is they? >> well, bp. >> what has bp told you? >> not much. >> we all are on the fence here. >> but this has got to be what's so difficult about it because -- at least here, right now, the water's fine. the fish are running. the shrimp are okay. but you know the oil is spreading. >> it's a feel of impending
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doom. >> it gets to will they make us leave? >> if we have a hurricane, and the oil washes over the land, we'll contempt it. we'll lose our homes. we'll lose everything. >> you had katrina. >> and what we're feeling day-to-day, reminds me of when we were leaving our street, after we packed everything up for katrina. and we looked back at our house and said, will any of this be here when we get back? >> how many places do you know that had five hurricanes in three years and came back from every, single one of them? >> only here. >> we did. >> we don't wait for the government to rebuild. >> no. >> that's why we -- i never met nobody from fema in my life. that just is something y'all put on television. >> that's right. it's a fact. >> you can't do this on your own this time. >> no. >> we have no control over it. >> yeah. >> and tony hayward. what do you say to him. >> quit being so cheap and put
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the right safety equipment on your stuff. >> stop cutting corners. do it the right way. >> shut it down. shut it down and clean it up. and let's get ahold of our lives. the government has to put stricter regular laces. bp can't run the coast guard. the coast guard's supposed to run bp. that's where the problem's at. it looks like bp is running everything. >> final question. in all this, then, where do you find hope? >> hope? hope? >> i think about the story of job in the bible. that's what i think about. in sunday school, we used to read about job. and everything about that happened to him. but he came up good. >> my biggest thrill as a charter captain is i get to take people out fishing, that have never held a rod and reel in their life. or been in a boat. you bring them out. and they experience it.
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that's what it's all about. >> things they've never seen in their life. dolphins coming up out of the water. helicopters off the platform. the sun rising. it's gorgeous. if you haven't seen it, you're missing a lot. >> they love their lives down here. they want their children to be able to enjoy this life, as well. but they're afraid it's just going to slip away. >> seeing the last shot there, of the sun over the water like that. george, i grew up in that area. went to college not far from where you are, at hamel, at southeastern. how could bp not have a contingency plan? they really trusted that there was a plan in place. >> you're exactly right, robin. there's so much anger against bp right here. it comes out spontaneously. they believe that bp cut corners. they believe that bp didn't do the right thing.
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good morning, 7:56. how about the heart of howard county? ellicot city this morning. veterans elementary. 70 degrees. feels like 76. we're talking about the drop in the humidity just a pinch from where we were yesterday. not the most pleasant outside if you have a tough time tolerating the heat. 74 feels like 78 right now. blue sky, light northerly flow will switch directions. we expect to have more heat pumping in here. we expect to have this flare-up of clouds from a storm complex to our west. may ignite showers and thunderstorms in the mountains. baltimore, carroll and southern pennsylvania this afternoon. baltimore escapes the threat of rain today. we increase the heat and humidity. will probably increase our threat of strong storms into the
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afternoon. today's 2-degree guaranty. 88 degrees. little less humid. more clouds in the afternoon. we'll stay down to about 70 tonight. we have a lot of heavy volume around the area this morning. it's going to be kind of slow on the west side from 795 down towards i-70 interchange. delays running at about five minutes. approaching white marsh boulevard, heavy volume. sluggish towards the beltway and tunnels. we have accidents south of the beltway, one in south gate, route 100 eastbound at 97. that crash just got cleared out of the travel portion off to the shoulder. another accident in arbutus. grand avenue. crash reported in dundalk, german hill road, merit boulevard. drive times are up as you approach the beltway up on 795. stay with us, back to new york for more good morning america.
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♪ good morning america how are you ♪ ♪ don't you know me i'm your native son ♪ ♪ i'm the train they call how are you, america? i'm robin roberts here in times square. you see george down there in the gulf. the latest on the oil disaster. and it is something -- it's just how you've been talking to folks there. it's almost in slow-motion, things that are happening, the disaster there. george? >> that is exactly right, robin. the oil hasn't hit everywhere here yet. it hasn't hit in port fourchon. but this has become ground zero of the cleanup effort, that people expect to ramp up quickly. we have the latest on that. the latest on the attempts to cap that well. and also this anger against bp, which is boiling over down here. >> i'm sure it is. also, this morning, george, we'll talk to that georgia kindergarten teacher found not guilty of child abuse charges. she is fighting back, demanding
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justice from her accusers. we'll talk to her in our studio in just a few minutes. if you've been thinking about taking a summer trip, you know how expensive airline fares are these days. mellody hobson has cost-cutting secrets coming up. first, down to george in the gulf. george? >> thanks, robin. right now, the big action is happening under water. the seventh attempt to control that leak down there. the first incisions made in the underwater pipes last night, using a wire, studded with diamonds. guided by robots. they hope to complete those cuts today. and be able to put either a cap or some kind of containment dome over the riser. not to plug the leak. that's not going to happen anymore. but to contain it and slow the flow down. once you cut the pipes for a short period of time, the flow can increase, up to 20%. there's some dangerous time here the next 24 to 36 hours. i saw the attorney general eric
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holder come out, flanked by u.s. attorneys, and announce that he has opened up a criminal investigation into this matter. possible negligence by the companies involved. the possibility that they had -- gave false statements to regulators. that was greeted here. that was welcomed down here. there is so much anger at bp. and when i talked to the local congressman, charlie melancon, he said it was time for bp ceo, tony hayward, to go. >> i was watching last week, how the ceo of bp, tony hayward, wants his life back. i'm to the point where i wish the board would call him back. >> excuse me, sir. you think that tony hayward should be fired? >> if i performed the way this company performed. and of course, look at the stocks and what happened to them because of this incident, usually, the buck stop there's . >> one interesting point here,
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robin. the people down here don't want the drilling to stop. what they resent, what they're angry about, is the idea that they say bp cut corners. didn't put safety first. they say let's drill. but let's do it safely. >> a big part of the economy down there. they don't want to see it go away. but they want to see it done the correct way. they were under the impression that it was. it's jolting for them and for the rest of the nation. you have a full day ahead of you out there, george. thanks so much. >> okay. bye-bye. now, juju chang has the rest of the morning news for us. good morning, juju. >> good morning, everyone. this morning, turkey is calling for an international commission to investigate israel's deadly raid on boats headed to gaza. turkey is threatening to review its ties with israel, if all turks detained in monday's raid are not released by the end of the day. secretary hillary clinton says the u.s. supports an investigation to the raid, as
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long as it is impartial and transparent. the eggs motion that killed 29 men, the investigators are beginning to enter the big branch coal mine in west virginia today. they will be testing the air quality. until now, toxic and explosive gases have prevented them from entering the mine. former president bill clinton says he's not happy with the pace of recovery in haiti. five months after the devastating earthquake, more than 1.5 million people are homeless. mr. clinton returned to the country in hopes of boosting reconstruction efforts. gas prices have dropped to their lowest level in three months. prices are now averaging $2.73 per gallon nationwide. that's down another 6 cents in the last week. thanks to weak demand. some experts say it's another sign of the fragile economy. and now, a look at what's coming up tonight on "world news." here's diane sawyer. hey, diane. >> good wednesday morning to you, juju. tonight on "world news," we know
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that people want answers in the crisis in the gulf. and tonight, we're going to give them. why help is getting there so slowly. what has to be done. facts and figures and answers about the crisis. that's coming up tonight, juju. >> our thanks to diane. that's the news at 8:05. now, we go out to sam and the weather, in buras, louisiana. he's doing fabulous coverage of the ongoing oil spill. good morning to you, sam. >> thank you. that's nice of you to say. we're back onboard, between showers. looks like one's about to light up now. grass floating right here in the bay palme d'or. let's get to what's going on outside. this is a product we're using that combines google maps and the noaa forecast here for the oil spill. you can see it's graduated here. the high concentration shaded in the red line, all the way to the uncertain areas. the uncertain areas would be in that gulfport area.
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will this push onshore to the mississippi and louisiana coastline? we'll tell you how storms are forming in the country. in the storms, there is a loft rain. big, gusty winds. and potential for flash flooding and hail. that stretches from texas to the oklahoma area. well into chicagoland, getting the boomers today. and into this afternoon, into buffalo, new york. quick look at the boards here. there's scattered storms in the northwest, as
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and we are live this morning in bay palme d'or, in and out of the showers. it's easy to fall in love with louisiana on a day like this. >> you don't have to convince me. i know that, sam. thank you for the work you're doing. now, to the georgia kindergarten teacher who was recently found not guilty on 22 child abuse charges. tonya kraflt has been cleared of wrongdoing. but she's now only allowed limited visits with her children. first, steve osunsami has a look back at how we got to this point. >> reporter: since she was acquitted three weeks ago, tonya craft said she spent quite a bit of time in the gym in her garage, working through her frustrations. >> i had a room i would go to and cry. and this is my room to go and relieve every frustration. >> reporter: this 37-year-old
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former kindergarten teacher and mother of two, say she's still recovering from charges that she sexually molested her own, young daughter and two of her young students at sleepovers that took place at her home. in court, the father of one of the students seemed so certain. >> she stopped me and looked me dead in the eye. and said, i know, i did, daddy. >> reporter: she is suing the parents of the children who accused her, along with the workers that repeatedly and suggestively questioned the children, until they believed she had touched them. she is also suing for full custody of her two children. the state took them away two years ago, when she was first accused. >> she said all along, i'm fighting for my children. and that's the key. >> reporter: she told us she remembers the day her family was torn apart. it began with a ring at the door and a detective waiting outside. even now, the sound of a doorbell still gives her pause. >> my friends know to call and
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not ring the doorbell. the doorbell just takes me back. it affects me if the doorbell rings. >> reporter: craft has moved to tennessee. she has rooms waiting for her two children. she hopes her family can start over. for "good morning america," steve osunsami, abc news, sade daisy, tennessee. tonya craft has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. and is fighting to get her reputation back. she joins us with her attorney. thank you for being here with us this morning. i see, tonya, you have a pendant with your two children. 8 and 11 now? >> 8 and 11 in a few days. yes, ma'am. >> a few days. when is the last time you had a chance to see them? >> there's been some recent visits. very short. and very sporadic. but every second is cherished. >> i'm sure that it is. originally, you said that you were not going to file -- you had no intention of filing a
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lawsuit. what has made you change your mind? >> i'm not sure. i guess i hadn't even thought past the point of the trial. the lawsuit is set in place to hold people accountable for these false allegations for this to not happen again. and as the lawsuit states, to make some major changes in the lookout judicial system, so this does not happen to any other children or any other individuals accused of this, falsely. >> that is your motivation. i know there's some people, when they see that it's for $25 million, they sometimes will question your motives for that. but you're saying it's because you want to just right the wrong system? >> absolutely. and i've always made choices based on what needs to happen. not what people are going to think or what they're going to say. and there needs to be some major
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changes. and i'm going to stick to that for a long time. >> unfortunately, there's been other cases like this, where people have been falsely accused of this type of crime. and you've worked on similar cases? >> yes. i write for west group about these cases. i teach for nacdl about these cases. tonya showed up at my door a couple of years ago. would not take no for answer. and insisted i come down to atlanta. it was a tough row to hoe to save her from these terrible allegations. and she's filed a federal lawsuit so she can get the federal court to step in and stop them from doing this in north georgia to other families. short of filing a federal lawsuit, there's no other way to stop them. so, that's the primary reason behind the federal lawsuit. also, she owes her family a ton of money for her defense, that she would like to recoup. >> like $500,000 your family,
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your father had to go into his retirement funds. and such. i know it's put an immense financial strain on your family. i cannot imagine -- you talked about this. among those accusing you, your own daughter. and to hear her in court, saying the things that she said. how do you get past that? >> well, i think i get past it as a mother. you unconditionally love your child. you realize i have seen, with all of the evidence we have seen, and the progression of what happened, that it's -- she either has memories, falsely that have been implanted. or she's been manipulated. but it's not her fault. and i don't blame her or any of the children because they're a victim, as much as i am. >> we had an expert on here, michael welner, who has been on our program from time to time. during the course of your trial,
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we talked about false memories. about how there are sometimes people who -- and there's a lot of good people who work with children. a lot of good people who help in this case. but there are some that they implant these images. and it's difficult. very difficult. and i know it's really torn apart the town. you're no longer living there or teaching any longer. >> no, ma'am. >> have no desire to go back to teaching? >> no, ma'am. >> they can implant these false ideas, without intending to. >> right. >> that's why we brought bill burnett and nancy aldridge, to explain to the jury how this can happen if you don't intend it to. and until tonya gets the federal judge to say, no more of incompetent interviewing, it's going to keep happening. >> and that's the focus of this lawsuit. and only can imagine for you, tonya, there's some people watching this morning, they're going to think what they want to think, as you said earlier.
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and believe you are guilty. >> absolutely. and i understand that. and before this and before the research i had done, we had misconceptions about allegations. if someone is charged. if someone is indicted. but i do plan on fighting for children. i plan on the federal level, making some -- hoping to change some laws to where people who do interview and investigate, have to be qualified. and have the qualifications to do the job that they're doing. >> tonya, thank you very much for your willingness to come forward and talk. i know you very much want to be with your son for his 11th birthday coming up. >> yes, ma'am. >> thank you very much. you can go to our shoutout board at coming up next, mellody hobson's tips to slash those skyrocketing airline prices. come on back. anut butter inside.
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8:25. temperatures climbing in a hurry. it's 47 degrees. the sun beating down. we dropped the humidity a little bit. still getting comfortable outside. a few high clouds beginning to stream in from the west. watch this complex of storms that have flared up overnight diminishing this morning as they passed east of chicago and head towards detroit. still could provide delays in that direction. this complex of storms will spread high clouds our way and probably dim out the sun this afternoon. there's a small chance showers may survive the trip over the mountains. the best chance of that energy actually reaching us will build in for tomorrow. for today, 88 degrees. two-degree guarantee. less humid. still expect the clouds to increase this afternoon. code orange air quality alert. as we head through tomorrow, better chance of showers and thunderstorms, we'll push one
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more day into the lower 90s. here's kim with roads. >> an update on the accident in westminster, hampstead, mexico road, all lanes get by at this time. jammed southbound 95 approaching white marsh boulevard. these delays stretching between 5 and 7 minutes. take a peek at our maps. one incident in baltimore city. car fire at engle side avenue. route 140 twos -- towards the beltway. traffic is heavy and jammed as you make you way southbound. heavy volume around the area. pretty slow down towards i-70. stay with us, megan has your morning news update right after this.
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good morning, i'm megan pringle. raymond haysbert was one of the giant in the business community. today friends, family and others from the community he served will come together to say good-bye at his funeral. he was ceo of park sausage. he was a trailblazer. mr. haysbert funeral will be held on primrose avenue. he leaves behind a wife and four children. rescuers are in more of a recovery mode this morning as they look for a mother and her
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13-year-old daughter from herndon virginia. they fell into the river at a memorial day picnic. the 35-year-old woman was trying to retrieve a ball when she lost her footing. two years ago, they were million-dollar waterfront homes. at the end of the month you can probably buy one of them for 75% off. an auctioneer will tell us the plans today. if it works, it could jolt the housing market in baltimore. the question is, would you be willing to spend $600,000 on a $2 million home? this summer, baltimore city has a program aimed at kids and keeping their bellies full. food is offered to students who might not get three healthy meals a day. if you want to register, call the city housing department
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♪ good morning let's go ♪ ♪ hello he's known for having his finger on the pulse of what's next. and what's next for sean diddy combs, is diddy dirty money. he's coming up live on our friday cancer. george is down in the gulf, covering the latest on the oil disaster. juju's here in the studio with me. >> diddy dirty money. that's a tongue-twister, right? >> can't wait for george to say that. the graduates have their diplomas. they're out pounding the pavement. and tory johnson is here to give you tips on what 20 do. >> i love how she didn't put her hand up. her mom put her hand up. all right. plus, california's first lady, maria shriver pays tribute to a group of remarkable women, she calls architects of change,
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who are making a difference. and you are going to make a difference with what you're watching today. >> i'm going to try. i'm one of those people who say i'm going to try to get fit. well, this is the summer. and this is the way we're going to do it. there i am, jogging with my 2-year-old. that's the only way i can do it, if i can share time with one of the kids. we're going to do it to benefit haiti. it's "gma's" america healthy summer. we're going to invite everyone to join in. we have a healthy number. can you come in? >> yeah. >> what's your name? >> dia sower. >> tell us what you're doing. >> i compete for the senior olympics. >> what are you coming up? >> the 2010 senior olympics will be in houston, texas. >> your age, honey. >> i'll be swimming as a 7-year-old. >> i want to check her i.d. >> this is our inspiration. we'll be launching that a little
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later. let's get back to sam, who has the weather. we heard lightning and thunder. it was sunshine a moment ago in buras. what's going on, sam? >> you know how it goes, robin. i can't believe 70 years old. >> i know. see? >> looking fabulous. and i hate to say numbers. i have never felt more lethargic and rolly-polly in my life, listening to you guys. let's get to the boards and show you what's going on. we're going to start with the big heat. this is just the beginning of it, really. all the way through texas, dallas, houston. to loredo. they will be over 100. they will be over 110 at the weekend. there's no better time to head to the coast, if you're in the texas area. a little cooler in corpus and in brownsville. as we look into the northwest, there's showers. big, heavy rains to deal with here. there's flood watches out for
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some of these location. in the coastal rains, the mountains will get elevation and heavy rain. we think there will be above 7,000 feet and snow coming from the powerful system. look at the big board, in one convenient fly-by form. l.a., 75 degrees and gorgeous. san diego, hot and 93 degrees. memphis, right on the edge of the storms. and we are live in buras, louisiana, this morning. all that weather was brought to you by viva paper towels. robin? >> sam, thank you. it's the graduation class of
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2010. a time for celebration. and panic. i don't have to tell you about the market being tough right now. there's a glimmer of hope for new grads. employers are expected to make 5% more job offers this spring than they did in 2009. our workplace contributor, tory johnson, is here, to give us tips on five things they can do right now to help them get a job. you talked to 2009 grads. >> yes. >> that was such a tough time to be out looking for a job. >> that's right. >> when you talked to them on graduation day, they didn't have a job. >> none of them. we'll talk about what they did. if they can do it, anybody can do it. the first is, everyone here is networking. networking. you have to network. but for someone who is inexperienced at it, they show up at events, wander amilessly. and it is a bust. and chris cookston, from oregon state, decided to attend events specific to his own industry. he was walking into an event
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where everybody was employed in the field he wanted to be in already. and it enabled him to make connections, which connected him, ultimately, to his next employer. his current employer. he's now hired, just two months after graduation, as a project manager for a medical research firm. and the lesson, really, from chris is that, you have to attend events. and when you do, to be face-to-face. put a face to your resume. you want to bring business cards. have your spiel ready. go alone so you're not clinging to your pal. along the same lines of making the face-to-face connection, anthony lopez is somebody else i was so excited to talk to because he graduated. got sick and tired of hearing no response from all of his online applications. decided to show up in person. he went to the hospital that he wanted to work for. to the hr department. and that's what ultimately got him hired. he showed up not just to grab an application, but to make a face-to-face connection when he
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went into that office. and the lesson from anthony is, there's certain industries where you can show up face-to-face to grab that application. if there's an hr department that accepts walk-ins. go in to make that contact, to put a face to your resume. to encourage somebody to get to know you a little bit. to find out what the process is. >> so many people feel if they could get the face-to-face, they could land that job. you talk about go for the temp position. you want a permanent position. but go for the temp. >> a temp job is often a way in the door. kaitlyn curran wanted to work in the entertainment industry. she not only targeted positions but companies. one of the companies on her target job had a temp job. not the one that she wanted. but something she was perfectly capable of doing. she decided to accept that temp job.
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and network relentlessly internalally. after the temp job was finished, was transferred internalally to the full-time position she has now. another success story by getting her foot in the door. when pursuing temp work, think of the company not only the position. >> great lessons we're learning from them. the next one is a little tricky. an unpaid internship. >> yeah. >> a lot of folks can't afford that. >> no one graduates from college wanting to work for free. but it beats sitting on the couch. in the case of candice thompson, she decided she would take an unpaid industry and wait tables. she got industry experience. and was able to pay the bills. that combination ultimately impressed her current employer where she landed a staff position, full-time, on the payroll, at an entertainment company, all because she chose to put that experience on her
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resume. that's so important. better than sitting on the couch and have nothing to show. >> use your career services and college connections. >> career services. gabby cobb used hers to get her current job. 50 alumni connections that you can have. one, two, five of them might not call you back. but all you need is one. if you make the three calls and nobody calls you back, keep going down the list. >> the southeastern louisiana grads aren't shy about calling me. i appreciate that. they're using that connection. >> are you about to give out your phone number now? >> no. we'll leave that to you, tori. she is the one -- i can't help you as much as she can here. she'll have more tips for grads on our job hunt website at i mean that sincerely. tory is always on the web. i'm not trying to get out of it. you're better suited for this.
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next, even before my dad told me that we switched over to fios, i automatically saw a change in how fast the internet was. i decided to switch to fios as soon as it came to my neighborhood. [ danielle ] now, at a blink of an eye, i click something, "bam!" it's there. with fios, the picture blows your mind. my mind went, berserk! [ male announcer ] millions of homes have switched to verizon fios. now you can get in on the fun, for less. i have so many channels, there's always something for me to watch. now we have like a thousand or a million? i don't know. [ male announcer ] get fios tv, internet and phone for just $99.99 a month, a price guaranteed for two years with a two-year agreement, plus the fios tv movie package, free for six months. the dvr is real easy to work. even my mom can use it, it's so easy! [ henry ] we can set up to record shows, and watch it on any tv in the house.
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and now, it is time to honor remarkable women from all walks of life who have done extraordinary work on behalf of others. who have done the minerva awards were started in 2004, by california's first lady, maria shriver, to celebrate humanitarian work. in addition to recognition, the winners get $25,000 to further
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their respective causes. after the show yesterday, i had a chance to speak with the first lady, about this year's honorees and why she created these awards. >> i wanted to honor remarkable women, who are doing incredible work on what i call the front lines of humanity. >> well, this year's winners liv live up it and more. let's get to the list. the first one is caroline brushic. she is the founder of oerngs gratitude. >> this is a woman who saw what was happening in the gulf war and wantsed to help out. she started in her home, care packages to go to people deployed in iraq and afghanistan. 500,000 care packages have gone of but she has an operate to defies expectations. and people come out and volunteer. she's a woman who said, i want to do something. and i think, robin, what's
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really great about all of these women is they saw an issue they wanted to make a difference about. and instead of waiting for the government. >> right. >> somebody, an elected official, to do it for them, they stepped forward and did it themselves. >> and that's the case with ora lee brown. she did it through education. she saw a need. and went to work to find a way. >> she adopted all of these kids and said, if you maintain a "c" average, i'll make sure you go to college. she knew if these kids had a goal, someone who supported them, they would stay in school, which they did. and they would go on to college. they say it was one person stepping in and saying, i believe in you. here's the goal. you stay in. i'll be there for you. >> sister terry dodge. she is an incredible story. and she's been nominated quite a few times. >> she represents, to me, robin, so many of the incredible women who have chosen to live their
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lives in the convent as nuns. who are working in the world of social justice. sister terry dodge works with people who have been in prison, who have come out and don't know how to rebuild their lives. and she's there for them every step of the way, with very specific rules. very specific boundaries. but unconditional love. and i think she shows the power, really, of unconditional love. someone being there for you when you fall down and saying, i don't care what your history is. i believe that you can change your life. i believe you deserve a second chance. >> you always, as always, have a number of trailblazers. the first woman to serve the supreme court, sandra day o'connor, who retired in 2006. why did you decide to honor her this year? >> well, i think she's an incredible woman. she has not slowed down in any way. and she still serves on courts around the country.
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she's a big believer in teach i civicing to young kids. she is a big believer in that. and she and i share a concern of alzheimer's. my dad has alzheimer's. her husband had alzheimer's. i love that she stepped down from the court to care for her husband. she said to me, she would never have taken that job had her husband not encouraged her to be a supreme court justice. and because she's still such a force. >> she certainly is. did we miss somebody? oh. oprah. that's right. she's also -- >> certainly, oprah has empowered, particularly, millions and millions of women, throughout this country. but she also very quietly supports a lot of different organizations. she has an academy of young women in africa. but she does a huge amount in this country, as well. helping in a quiet way. i think people forget about that.
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oprah empowers and inspires people, day-to-day, on her show, on the web, in a whole myriad of ways. but she also does it quietly through her angel network. >> we'll see oprah and others there in october, at the women's conference. it's a privilege and honor. a whole lot of fun, too. >> it is fun. >> thanks for getting up and joining us. first lady, maria shriver. have a wonderful day, maria. >> thank you, robin. >> she is something else. the annual women's conference will be held october 25th and 26th. and this year, there is a walk for alzheimer's, in honor of maria's beloved father. [ dennis ] when we first got fios, the first thing we noticed was our next door neighbor, looking through our picture window, at the tv. i was going to set up a chair for him, because he was watching my tv, on my front lawn! [ male announcer ] millions of homes have switched to verizon fios. now you can get in on the fun, for less.
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you have no idea how excited this woman is about what she's about to tell you. she's been talking about it for weeks now. >> it's true.
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i'm fired up about it. it's "good morning america's" healthy summer program. it's about getting fit. we're going to go with the trends. but we're also going to give you fitness tips. i was inspired by two stories that i reported on here at "good morning america." i want you to take a look at how it might have positive change in your life and others. working out is so not my thing. it's been ten years and three pregnancies since i've been in shape. but i'm here because earlier this year, something just clicked in my head. the mass exodus. i went to haiti after the effort quake and met kids who suffered and lost so much. their faces and smiles, etched into my memory. but after the quake, the spotlight soon moved on to other news. ash clouds from iceland's volcano. aftershock rattling chile overnight. and other assignments, too. i did a story on normal weight
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obesity. and did the task to measure my own body fat percentage. my result? 37%. dangerously high. for me, that's when it clicked. my thought, why not train for a minitriathalon, and set a goal to raise relief funds for the children of haiti? it just might work. i was a good swimmer once. okay. that was like 30 years ago. so, i needed some help. hello. >> hello, juju. >> reporter: first, lucy danziger from "self-"magazine. she helped j. lo through her first try. the first thing, a healthy diet plan. >> i put a little granola in it because it's high fiber. >> okay. >> anything with high fiber is going to fill you up. >> reporter: i found trainer tom holland.
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he said i can start in my own home, with a strength workout. >> you don't need a lot of time to do this. >> reporter: tom made a 15-week workout plan, geared for a mom like me, who needs to work in workouts any way i can. with tom and lucy onboard, i decided to call a few of my friends. and the best part? joined with unicef. so, you can join, too. logon, set a goal and join the team. >> together, we are going to make it the finish line. we have to. it's for our health, and for haiti. >> yes. all-out sprint. >> i got to tell you, that is so you, juju. you had your first team meeting yesterday. you have 100 days until the triathalon. you have folks around here so fired up, we have 50 abc staffers? >> 50 onboard. on the team. >> are you okay? >> i'm terrified. i feel like the plan is right.
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the three "hs." it's about being healthy. it's about helping haiti. and it's about happiness. it's about getting your friends onboard. to add a little peer pressure. want to introduce lucy danziger. >> i want to say congratulati congratulations. women tell "self" magazine, i'm tired all the time. i'm too tired to workout. you can get motivated if you have the right energy. it starts with breakfast. it starts with your diet. you're going to be tired if you eat sugar. we're going to start you with high fiber, lean protein. and "self" is giving you 100 days of healthy eating. >> and going on "gma" online. and tom is part of the coaching team. >> strength training is important for a variety of
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factors. for a triathalon, it's to fix the strength imbalances. for women, osteoporosis. building lean muscle. >> you're going to blog about it? >> blog about it. >> i want to bring in our partners, unicef. you can do one leg and send all of the money through unicef to the kids in haiti. >> can i keep the almonds? >> yes.
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bye. >> bye. good morning, 8:56. here we go again. the heat continues to pour on. ellicot city, veterans elementary. 74. feels like 78. all morning we've been talking about how the humidity will be a little more tolerable than yesterday. it is, just not much.
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78 feels like 80 already at sparrows point high school. clouds will filter back in as we lead into the afternoon. this cluster of storms, in fact the out chute clouds pushing into western pennsylvania. the storms themselves blew through the upper midwest and early this morning. running towards detroit. this little signature here in the radar field indicating this thing is blowing itself out. we'll probably have a very small chance of a shower west and north of town today. partly to mostly cloudy 88. little less humidity than yesterday. rather muggy overnight. better chance of more storms tomorrow. one more day back up into the 90s. our final check on traffic now, here's kim. >> we think a crash on the harrisburg expressway. southbound lanes at middletown road that has the left lane blocked and lanes stretched from the pennsylvania state line. try york road as an alternate. most of the delays around the
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beltway have cleared out. traffic is lining better here on 95 southbound towards the white marsh boulevard area. as you take a peek at our maps, still have an incident on the harrisburg expressway. pairing parkway at hillsway. south gate, anne arundel county, police activity. 95 southbound, wilhelm avenue. quick look at the jfx we have heavy volume still pretty jammed as you head southbound. give yourself lots of extra time.
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